Chris Powell says he will work with Joe Lolley to ensure the frontman is in a position to make a real impact at Huddersfield Town.

The 22-year-old last played first-team football against Middlesbrough in mid-September, Powell’s first match as manager.

But he netted in Monday’s 3-1 Under 21 win at Cardiff City as he continues his comeback from a hip problem.

Lolley has suffered a number of injuries since moving from Conference side Kidderminster Harriers in a £300,000 deal last January.

But Powell says it was always likely to take him time to adapt to full-time football at Championship level.

“Remember Joe has had no early formative football education like that you get as a scholar,” said the boss, who is preparing for Saturday’s return to Championship action in Saturday’s Sky Sports televised home clash with Sheffield Wednesday.

“Ask any young player and they will say it is a shock to the system when they leave school and start training and playing full-time.

“They eventually get used to it, and so will Joe.

“He was recently a student, and when at Kidderminster, he would probably have trained in the evening.”

Powell added: “It’s clear to see he has very natural ability and all the tools a wide player requires.

 

“He has a lovely ability to drift past people as if they aren’t there.

“But he needs to feel physically and mentally strong to produce the consistency needed.

“I have spoken to him and said I will make sure I get him in a place where he can affect the first team.

“Joe came here for a fee and he is a player we value highly.

“He was sought after and chose us. We will do our best to get the best out of him.”

Wednesday midfield duo Kieran Lee (groin) and Giles Coke (Achilles) have had pain-killing injections ahead of the John Smith’s clash.

“We have been having ongoing problems, which this will hopefully resolve,” said boss Stuart Gray.

With Sam Hutchinson a long-term absentee, Gray is looking to increase his midfield options.

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